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Criminal injuries

If you have been an innocent victim of a violent crime, there are three ways in which you can seek compensation. Firstly, you could make a claim again the assailant – though even in a successful case it can be difficult to obtain money from the perpetrator. Secondly, you could make a claim against an employer where the injury occurred in a workplace if the employer could have prevented the crime. Finally you may be able to claim compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), who run a government funded Scheme.

Financial assistance can make a big difference when it comes to getting your life back on track following a criminal injury. To find out more about making a criminal injury claim please speak to one of our accredited lawyers. Only specialist criminal injury lawyers are listed on this page.

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Mr Neille Ryan of FURLEY PAGE LLP in Canterbury
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Rebecca is an accredited APIL Senior Litigator carrying out quality personal injury and clinical negligence work. Rebecca prides herself on her exceptional client care skills. She is acutely aware of the difficulties that injured clients and their... Read more
Mr Brian Dawson of SLATER + GORDON (UK) LLP INC. WALKER SMITH WAY in Chester
Clinical negligence lawyer
Personal injury - Fellow
Brian Dawson is senior partner at Walker Smith Way Ltd. Brian is a dedicated lawyer who continues practising in his fields of expertise with 30 years of civil litigation experience. He is also a deputy district judge. Brian specialises in claimant... Read more
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Fellow
Mr Robert Harvey of FURLEY PAGE LLP in Chatham
Personal injury - Fellow
Brain injury lawyer
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Mrs Cathryn Davies of THOMPSONS SOLICITORS LLP in Cardiff
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Mr Nigel Cordwell of NIGEL M CORDWELL ADVOCATE, NOTARY & SOLICITOR in Douglas
Personal injury - Fellow
Ms Rosemary Giles of IRWIN MITCHELL LLP in Cambridge
Occupational disease lawyer
Asbestos disease lawyer
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Brain injury lawyer
Spinal cord injury lawyer
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Fellow
Colin Ettinger started practice in personal injury cases in May 1976 when he was articled to Robin Thompson & Partners. He was made a partner there in 1980 and became part of their senior management team. In 1995 he left with two colleagues to set up... Read more

All firms will probably provide the first half hour of your consultation free of charge, either by telephone or in person.

 

To make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority there is no need to wait for a successful criminal prosecution in order to make a claim. To qualify for compensation, the general rule is that you need to claim within two years of the crime being committed. You must also have reported the crime to the police as soon as possible. There are exceptions to these rules but they must be very good reasons not to have complied with them. You can claim for both physical or mental injury - but only those mental injuries which are defined by the scheme. Some relatives and dependants of people killed by a crime can also bring a claim.

Type of criminal injuries

  • Violent attacks and assaults
  • Sexual assault and abuse
  • Attacks by dogs – but only where a dog has been deliberately set on someone
  • Injuries involving vehicles – but only where the victim was deliberately targeted. For other vehicle accidents there may be alternative ways in which to obtain compensation

Types of compensation

Compensation is available for injuries, loss of earnings or earning capacity and what are termed “special expenses” such as the cost of equipment, adaptations to accommodation and the cost of care and supervision required as a consequence of the injuries.

It is strongly recommended that you should consult with two or three accredited injury lawyers before making a decision on who to instruct.